Coral Sands Hotel
Travel Blogs from Harbor Island
... gift shop in the area. Our flight doesn't board for another 3 hours. We made a few purchases, chatted with a couple of ladies from Colorado and had the lunch special of jerk pork, potato salad, fried plantains and lima beans and rice. Only an hour and a half until boarding. Ok. We just cleared thru security, a bit non-technical, but unintrusive and efficient. As we are waiting outdoors on the edge of the tarmac, our plane just landed at ...
... or sand flies, that make an appearance whenever it cools off or the wind dies down. But we've noticed for the last several days, even they have been less active when we are outside. Maybe after they get to know you, they leave you alone. Whatever the reason, it works for us. That's all for now from ...
... here after coming ashore. They named their new island home, "Eleuthera" which is derived from the feminine form of the Greek adjective, eleutheros, meaning "free". They shaped an altar from a large boulder at the far end of the cave, which remarkably still stands, and conducted the island's first religious service there, earning the cave its name. The historic site is now used by visitors and locals for picnics and other social outings because of the lovely white sandy beach ...
... Linda spotted a large nurse shark swimming by our dock yesterday afternoon. They are pretty much harmless to humans but at first a little unnerving when observed for the first time, in the wild. Especially, as Linda described this one being as big as she! Occasionally, we'll take a short spin in our boat, but to date haven't done much exploring... preferring our more laid-back mode. We plan to boat over to Harbor Island some day this week, but have ...
... 12.30 Sal wakes up Eric as we are on the move again- this time gusts of 30-35 pushing us back onto shore again, only problem this time we got 2 tangled up anchors to sort in the dark not just one! After a lot of debate and fiddling we decided to ditch an anchor and let it go and collect it in the morning as we were dragging dangerously close to shore with no moverability. We then lifted the second one and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Sands Hotel Harbor Island
Great Beach, Hotel Good. Food OK
Just got back on March13,2004. The place is receiving a face lift. Nice overall, but some rooms definitely better than others. Avoid loft room (hot, bare, small). Ocean view rooms can also vary. Definitely ask to see what they have available when you arrive if not satisfied. Food OK.
Much better at the Landing and other top restuarants. Good deal with kids if you find the right room. Consider visiting later in the year since the water is a bit cool. Beautiful pinkish beach. Nice pool and beachside facilities and main clubhouse. Small feel though not intimate. Nice island with walkable downtown.
My family recently stayed at The Coral Sands in Harbour Island. Our experience turned out to be so much more than expected we can't wait to go back.
Incredible beach resort!
My wife and I recently visited Harbour Island and stayed at Coral Sands after reading some great travel magazine reviews. Their pink sand beach did not dissapoint, it was absolutely incredible! Our room was perfect and the ocean view really made things special for us. Our only disappointment was having to leave, the meals were great and the staff treated us like royalty. We can't wait to get back!
We just celebrated our 10th anniversary, on Harbour Island at Coral Sands Resort, our first time back since getting married there.
My husband and I just got married and wanted to spend our honeymoon in paradise. We are so glad we made the choice to stay here. The service was friendly, the rooms were very clean and spacious. The beaches were breath taking. We cant wait for our first year anniversary to come back and spend it here!!!!
A new look
The hotel has been purchased in Oct. 2003 and is getting a total face lift. The new style is plantation colonial with hard wood floors, new mahogany furniture, new bathrooms etc. So far 17 rooms have been totally re-done. Soft renovations will take place during 2004 with new furniture, interior decoration etc until a full closing on September for main lobby/restaurants upgrade and furbishing. This hotel have had some bad reviews but should be given a secong look from now on.
The Bahamas in January are just like summertime, and the Coral Sands Hotel on Harbour Island was pleasantly beautiful and spacious. The hotel is currently renovating one of it's buildings, which didn't cause a problem. The chef prepared delicious food, and there's no worries about drinking the water or eating uncooked fruits and vegetables. There are many quaint shops on the island, and most people rent golf carts for transportation, but it's also extremely easy to walk! The island is small, about 1.5 miles across, and the inhabitants are very friendly. While shopping, we saw Elle MacPherson with her child and learned that other Hollywood celebrities live on the island during parts of the year. I understand why. It's like a tropical fantasy.
As the family from Houston, we had a terrible experience at Coral Sands and I wish I had read their review before. The hotel misrepresents the quality of lodging on their website - unless you stay in the apartments, you will be lodged in dirty, shabby, dingy rooms with leaky A/C, worse than most motels. The staff is indifferent at the best, there are certainly no sailboats on offer, the public buildings, like most of the rooms are in a state of disrepair and the bar refused to make frozen drinks! We learned that the hotel is in the process of being sold and is obviously being starved of any investment - unfortunately the promotional materials do not mention that. Luckily, we were there out of season and were able to move out to a better place after just one night - even that was one too many. Terrible place!
My husband and I took our 3 children to Coral Sands for Spring Break last week. We always research hotels before making our decision about where to stay. Coral Sands has a pretty good website with a picture of a fairly nice looking room. Imagine our surprise and disappointment when we entered our room! The linens were old and ratty, the carpet old and filthy, the bathroom old and full of ants. We should have realized that the ants were there to stay as there was a can of insect repellent in the cabinet under the sink...not exactly the most reassuring item to find in your hotel room. We then decided that perhaps the food and personnel of the hotel would make up for the poor accomodations...not the case. The staff, for the most part, was rude and slow to respond to any requests. The food at the beach bar/restaurant was so-so though they ran out of cheese on a Saturday and never had any for at least 4 days. We felt like it was an imposition to order anything and when we did it took a very long time to get the food or drinks. Our one dinner at the Poisideon was the worst meal we ate the entire time we were at Harbour Island. Finally, after 4 nights, we were lucky to find 2 adjoining rooms at Romora Bay Club. What a find that was for us and our children! We felt like we had started a whole new trip for almost the same price with incredibly better rooms, friendly staff, wonderful food, extensive wine list and prompt service. I have never been happier to leave a hotel than I was when we checked out 2 days early from the Coral Sands. We since have met several families who have had similar experiences there. I hope that should another family decide to visit Harbour Island, that they will stay anywhere but the Coral Sands!
Wedding at Coral Sands - Perfect
I just got back from a Bahamian wedding and honeymoon and could not have dreamed of a better experience. We had 80 friends and family join us for a week of celebration culminating in a sat afternoon wedding at the "point" on coral sands. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and Coral Sands made it all happen flawlessly. The property is beautiful (the beach has colors only seen in paintings), the accomodations comfortable (and wide ranging, some friends stayed in garden rooms at 160, others in new suites/apts), the island fun, and the Coral Sands staff so helpful. I could go on for pages, but emial if you want specifics. Nonetheless, I recommend Coral Sands to anyone and everyone.